Dragons open sea­son ver­sus Ban­dits Fri­day

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The Drumheller Mail

The sea­son begins Fri­day for the Drumheller Dragons.

The Dragons’ of­fi­cial home opener is Septem­ber 13 as they come back to the Dragons den to take on the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons the Brooks Ban­dits. On Satur­day night Septem­ber 14, the Oko­toks Oil­ers come to town.

This comes af­ter a strong pre­sea­son where the Dragons notched wins over the Cam­rose Ko­di­aks, and the Olds Griz­zlys.

They will have their work cut out for them with the Ban­dits. The team faced off once in the pre­sea­son with the ban­dits steal­ing a 6-1 vic­tory. Brooks was 2-1 ver­sus the Oko­toks Oil­ers in pre­sea­son play.

Coach Kevin Has­sel­berg says he likes what he is see­ing.

“It is a great group of play­ers,” he said. “There is a lot of po­ten­tial and room to grow as play­ers. We are ex­cited to coach this group. We are go­ing to go through some tough times and we are go­ing to go through mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

some good times.”

So far he is im­pressed with the work ethic.

“There are el­e­ments we have to de­velop, you are not go­ing to re­place play­ers like Brett Ed­wards or Bradley Ston­nell and Jor­dan Tau­pert in one sea­son,” he said. “You are go­ing to have to rely on first-year play­ers to im­prove, ob­vi­ously the re­cruit­ing class we have com­ing in we have high ex­pec­ta­tions for.”

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